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Gilbert Arenas' career-high 47 points weren't enough to end the Washington Wizards' streak of futility against the Miami Heat, who made it 14 in a row over their Southeast Division rivals with a 128-113 victory Friday.

Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, Shaquille O'Neal had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Antoine Walker had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, who shot 55 percent and pulled away in the fourth quarter for their highest scoring output of the season.

Arenas made 15 of 29 field goals and 13 of 14 free throws and carried his team through three quarters, but he went 1-for-6 in the fourth as part of a team-wide 5-for-22 slump.

Raptors 99, Pacers 97

At Indianapolis, Mike James scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Toronto over Indiana.

Charlie Villanueva had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Bosh added 22 points and 12 boards for the Raptors.

Stephen Jackson led the Pacers with 23 points while Fred Jones and Jermaine O'Neal each scored 20.

Indiana led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but Toronto took a 95-93 lead on a James layup with 1:37 left. James scored again, then Morris Peterson dunked after a steal to give Toronto a 99-93 lead with 41 seconds left.

Stephen Jackson was fouled on a 3-point shot and made all three free throws to cut Toronto's lead to 99-96 with 28.4 seconds left. Austin Croshere added a free throw for the final margin.

Magic 107, Timberwolves 87

At Orlando, Jameer Nelson scored a season-high 25 points to lead Orlando over Minnesota.

Steve Francis added 21 points and Grant Hill 17 for the Magic, who have won three straight after losing nine of their previous 11. Dwight Howard had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his 20th double-double of the season.

Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves with 29 points and Wally Szczerbiak added 24.

Orlando's bench outscored Minnesota 40-13 and the Magic held a 42-25 rebounding advantage.

Nets 99, Hawks 91

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Vince Carter scored 37 points and reserve guard Jacque Vaughn had six late in the fourth quarter as New Jersey beat Atlanta for its eighth straight victory.

Richard Jefferson had 21 points, including 11-of-13 from the free throw line for the Nets, whose streak is fourth-longest in franchise history and six short of the record set in 2003-04. Jason Kidd also scored 21 points and added nine assists.

Al Harrington had 26 points for Atlanta. Joe Johnson had 20 and Tyronn Lue 18 for the Hawks, lost their third straight.

Suns 110, Bobcats 100

At Charlotte, North Carolina, Eddie House scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead Phoenix to a victory over Charlotte.

House shot 10-of-18 from the field to help the Suns win their third consecutive game.

It was a redemption of sorts for House, who was waived by the Bobcats last season as they closed in on a trade for shooting guard Kareem Rush. Knowing that House's minutes would dwindle once Rush arrived, Charlotte let him go.

Keith Bogans came off the bench to lead Charlotte with 18 points.

Bucks 113, Knicks 108

At Milwaukee, Mo Williams scored 30 points and Michael Redd added 22 to lead Milwaukee to a victory over struggling New York.

Williams, staring at point guard while T.J. Ford misses two weeks with a sprained foot, led the Bucks' dynamic backcourt as Milwaukee improved to 14-1 when scoring more than 100 points.

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